Food is the fuel on which students and staff depend in order to make the most of life at Pangbourne and there is a commitment to ensuring that this is of the highest quality.
The food is varied and plentiful for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a team of 20 front and backroom staff from caterers Holroyd Howe on hand to serve meals with a smile in the newly-refurbished Mess Hall.
The refurbishment in the summer of 2014 created two entrances to the serving stations and brought with it a fresher, more modern look which has been well received by the Pangbourne community.
Hungry students can help themselves to soup, a choice of hot and cold food, offerings from the well-stocked salad bar and dessert over lunchtime.
Lunch is the peak of activity, with 550 people catered for between 12.30-1.30pm with two meats and/or fish always on offer, while breakfast is provided for boarders between 7.30-8am and supper takes place between 6-6.45pm.
All meat, of the finest quality, is supplied exclusively by Ashampstead-based butchers Vicars Game and vegetarian options are always made available, with a jacket potato option offered daily.
The catering team provides nutritious packed lunches for trips away and bespoke menus for on-site events such as Divisional dinners, the Leavers’ Ball and the Falkland Islands Memorial Service.
There is a high level of engagement between the caterers and the students with Food Forums, Food Committees, meetings with each Division and online surveys set up to ensure the food reflects the wishes of the pupils.
The Mess Hall comes alive at meal time with a stunning array of aromas and colourful, healthy food to satisfy all tastes and appetites, and the food is a valuable asset to the College.